Songo Drum Lesson

The songo is a fairly recent development in Latin drumming and unlike most other Latin grooves, it was created for the drum kit. Changuito from the Cuban band Los Van Van developed the groove in Havana during the late 1960s. The songo became popular among Latin-jazz drummers during the 70s and 80s.

The basic songo drum beat is shown below.

Basic Songo Drum Beat

Basic Songo Drum Beat

This songo drum lesson includes many variations. The right hand bell pattern is written on the ride cymbal bell but can also be played on a cowbell.

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  1. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 1
  2. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 2
  3. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 3
  4. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 4
  5. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 5
  6. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 6
  7. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 7
  8. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 8
  9. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 9
  10. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 10
  11. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 11
  12. Lesson Songo Drum Lesson Exercise 12